The Lagos State Government said it has completed payment of outstanding gratuities to local government pensioners and next of kin of deceased pensioners from 2005 to December 2006.
Mr Ashimi Adewale, Permanent Secretary, Office of Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions, announced this in a statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
Adewale said this was part of the government’s determination to ensure a meaningful and blissful retirement for all the retirees.
“The outstanding gratuities arose due to non-receipt of contributions from other tiers of government.
“In particular, the Federal Government contributions to the Local Government Pension Funds for many years have not been received,” he said.
According to Adewale, the fund contributed by Local Governments was only enough to pay monthly pensions and the paltry sum used to offset outstanding gratuities.
“As a result of pressure from various quarters for the payment of pensions, systematic payment of the gratuity became difficult.
“This resulted in some agitation by pensioners, hence the office held a meeting with the aggrieved pensioners.
“There, it was agreed that a list of all pensioners owed gratuities should be drawn up from January 2005 to March 2010, when the last pensioners on the old pension scheme retired,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary said that the list had since been used to pay outstanding gratuities.
“As at now, all pensioners on the list from 2005 to December 2006 has been paid.
“The next set of payment will be for pensioners who left the service in 2007.
“This systematic payment is more predictable and has restored the confidence of pensioners in the entire process,” he said.
Adewale also said that the state government had decentralised the annual “I AM ALIVE” verification exercise.
He said that the exercise has been extended to 12 different centres across the state.
Source: PM News